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La Prade, Loren Hooper
passed away at the age of 88 in Phoenix, Arizona, on April 6, 2010. Born to Justice Arthur T. La Prade and Lucile Hooper La Prade on January 12, 1922, in Phoenix, Arizona, Loren was a 2nd generation Arizonian who attended Phoenix Union High School, and graduated from Stanford University in 1943. He lived his entire life in Phoenix. Loren partnered to establish Orth-La Prade Insurance Agency brokering and specializing in commercial casualty insurance and enjoyed thirty years of partnership with Boyd Orth. The two of them never missed a chance to have fun. He contributed to numerous organizations to help those less fortunate than he and had a passion for helping the homeless. Loren loved sports of all kinds, not only as a fan, but also as a player. A gifted athlete, Loren was listed on Arizona's Top 100 Athletes; All-State all four years of high school in both football and basketball; All-American runner-up for Stanford University's football team and was later drafted in the second round by the Philadelphia Eagles. Yet, his favorite sport was golf. Loren was a remarkable golfer who shot a net 74 at Paradise Valley Country Club at the age of 76 and shot his age numerous times in his career. At one time, he carried a minus two handicap, and unlike most of us, wished everyday it would go up. For 40 years, he rarely missed an ASU football game and faithfully wore his yellow and maroon ASU tee shirt. No stranger to a shotgun, Loren was loyal to hunting season until he was in his 80s. He loved hunting and was known by his hunting friends as one of the best shots in Arizona, something he never denied. A survivor, he overcame polio in high school, had both hips and knees replaced, underwent numerous heart surgeries, and finally at the ripe age of 88, broke his first bone but, for Loren, his health issues were trivial inconveniences…he was motivated by a great love for his family, friends, and colleagues. His wife of 44 years, Helen, was the love of his life. He coined his many blessings "The Good Life" - all his years showering his loved ones with laughter, abundance, and fun. He was an extraordinary son, husband, brother, father, uncle, and unforgettable friend. Loren is survived by his wife Helen La Prade, his sister Janice Berridge, 8 children: Linda Taggart (Victor), Lori Wickman (Barry), Trude LaPrade, Annabelle Baker (George), Steven Lewkowitz (Carol), Larry LaPrade (Kimberly), and Danny Lewkowitz; 19 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Proceeded in death by his parents, Justice Arthur T. La Prade, Lucille Hooper La Prade, his brothers, A.T. La Prade, Jr., Judge Paul LaPrade, his first wife Dori Redmon, and daughter Cathy Lewkowitz. Memorial services to celebrate Loren's life will be held on Saturday, May 22 at 5:00 pm the Camelback Country Club, 7847 N. Mockingbird Lane, Scottsdale, AZ. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Salvation Army. Sign guestbook www.obits.azcentral.com

Published in The Arizona Republic from May 16 to May 21, 2010
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